Sierra College Celebrates Accomplishment of More than 3,400 Graduates at 2022 Commencement

May 23, 2022
Commencement Grads 2022 walking onto field wearing red caps and gowns
Graduates proudly participate in the graduation procession on the Rocklin Campus.

More Than 500 Students Walk Through Ceremonies at Three Campuses

Sierra College returned to traditional in-person commencement last week after two years of drive through or creatively virtual ceremonies during the pandemic. The in-person ceremonies at the Rocklin, Nevada County and Truckee-Tahoe campuses on May 19 and 20 included more than 500 graduates.

In remarks to graduates, Sierra College Superintendent/President Willy Duncan recommended, “Pause, take this in, and reflect on what you’ve accomplished. Honor the moment and take the opportunity to celebrate.”

Among the more than 3,400 graduates, the average age is 26 with 22% of graduates aged 30 or older – ranging in age from the youngest graduate at 16 to the oldest at 72. There are 46 veterans and 28 former foster youth earning degrees from Sierra College this school year.

As the Commencement Speaker, Dale Carlsen, CEO of Bunker Wilson, LLC, an investment company that focuses on real estate and supporting entrepreneurial ventures in the Sacramento region, and the CEO Emeritus of the Ticket to Dream Foundation, said, “When you are building your life, surround yourself with good people, treat them right, and make everyone successful.”

Registration at Sierra College is open for Fall 2022. More information on affordable, convenient, and relevant education is available at

About Sierra College

Sierra College District is rising to the needs of our community. Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four-year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at